Loss In Majora's Mask

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I’ve been talking about themes in writing over on my writing blog. I’ve talked about death and I started thinking about The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.
Majora’s Mask is probably one of the darkest Zelda games, in my opinion, and the theme of death has a lot to do with it.
There are various theories floating around the Internet about Majora’s Mask. One where Link is actually dead and he’s accepting his own fate and the theory that the game is actually the five stages of grieve because either Link himself is dead (hence the first theory) or he’s grieving the death of Navi. (If you don’t know either one of these theories, click on the links and they’ll take you to each respective theory on ZeldaDungeon.net.)
But I’m not here to talk about that. I’m thinking more specifically about the Skull Kid.
There’s also a theory floating around that the Skull Kid from Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, and Twilight Princess are the same Skull Kid. In Ocarina of Time, Link plays Saria’s Song for him. In Majora’s Mask, the Skull Kid mentions that Link has “the same smell as the fairy kid who taught me that song in the woods.” The Skull Kid from Twilight Princess also knows Saria’s Song.
And, according to the official Zelda timeline, these three games line up one right after another. First Ocarina of Time where Link first meets the Skull Kid, then, if the hero is successful, Majora’s Mask, and Twilight Princess is after that.
People also speculate that the Skull Kid wears the Mojora’s Mask because he is ashamed that he has no face. He has no friends and the mask makes him looking more intimidating, making us wonder what his past is really like.
So, with all that said, what is my point with this post?
I don’t think Majora’s Mask is about death in a concrete way. Sure, Link can be grieving, Link and/or Navi can be dead, but I think the main focus is the Skull Kid himself.
While the Skull Kid is the main antagonist, it’s not really him who is the bad guy. It’s the mask, Majora. The Skull Kid has been wearing it for so long that it’s taken over his mind and his body. Sure, he’s mischievous and likes to play tricks, but it wasn’t him who wanted to destroy everything. It was the mask.
In other words, I think Majora’s Mask is more about the death and loss of innocence.
All the Skull Kid wanted was to make friends, but the mask took over his mind and spirit. He wasn’t able to live the life he deserved or wanted because he found that mask and dared to put it on.
This can also pertain to Link as well. In Ocarina of Time he traveled seven years back and forth between being a child and an adult. He was asleep for seven years and when he woke up, he realized that he had suddenly gone through puberty. What a shock, huh?
In Majora’s Mask, he’s a child as it’s on the “hero is successful” part of the timeline. But here’s the thing:

  • Link may be dead. In that case, he lost his childhood.
  • Link may be grieving the death of Navi. If that’s the case, he remembers everything that happened in Ocarina of Time. He’s been in the mind of his adult-self. He knows things a ten-year-old shouldn’t.
  • Link may be normal, everything’s fine and dandy, but what happens in Majora’s Mask? The world is ending and Link transforms himself into various races and people through the many masks he collects. By doing this, he could very well stoop down to the Skull Kid’s level. Those masks could warp Link’s mind just like the Majora’s Mask did to the Skull Kid

And that’s all I’ve got. Sure, Majora’s Mask is about death and turmoil, but I think there’s much more to it than meets the eye.

What are your thoughts? Am I making any sense? Do you have different thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!

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Readers Comments (4)

  1. I like your interpretation! Going along with that, Ocarina of Time states that if a Kokiri should leave the forest, they die. Furthermore, even regular Hylians (humans?) who get lost in the forest become the vile creatures within it, like Grog who became a Stalfos in the Lost Woods. If the forest represents a blissful innocent life, then the never-growing kids who live there may be experiencing the reality of life as soon as they leave. Those who are already “guilty,” like the Hylian Grog, gets lost in the forest and gets consumed by the guilt he already possesses. So in Majora’s Mask’s case, both Skull Kid and Link get lost in the Woods, even falling down a rabbit hole. Perhaps that’s why both are experiencing a death in who they were. In Link’s case, he goes through the stages of grief. In Skull Kid’s, he gets possessed by Majora.

    • Thanks! Yeah, the whole thing is interesting. The lore of the Zelda series and each individual game is amazing and so well thought out yet leaving room for various thoughts and theories.

  2. “In other words, I think Majora’s Mask is more about the death and loss of innocence.
    All the Skull Kid wanted was to make friends, but the mask took over his mind and spirit. He wasn’t able to live the life he deserved or wanted because he found that mask and dared to put it on.”
    I like this, and the greatest emotional pull in Majora’s Mask comes from the theme of the Skull Kid being corrupted by the mask, losing his friends, and Link’s efforts to reverse it all.
    The Skull Kid/Majora’s Mask is all about destruction and causing divisions, while Link is about fixing things and healing people.
    I think Zelda as a whole does loss better than any other series. Everything in those games is about growing up, leaving home, leaving people behind, moving on – and if you go back, then things are changed forever (like returning to Kokiri Village in Ocarina of Time as adult Link, and the kids no longer recognizing you).
    Doesn’t Zelda or Sheikh say at some point, maybe in Ocarina, about the flow of time and life being about meetings and partings? (I may be misremembering this). Anyway – great article!

    • Thank you! Zelda really does do loss well. The series has a lot of life lessons hidden in each game. The stories told are my favorite part about the series.

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